Degrees and Certifications:
Degree in Political Science with a minor in philosophy, policy, and economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Go Heels!!
Ms. Aleczina Holmes
"Every story we hear comes from a certain point of view and we always need to remember who is speaking, why they are speaking, and especially which voices go unheard- and why."
American History 2 Google Classroom code: lkj3w67
If anyone is concerned with the grade they have in my class, I have made Unit Tests 1, 2, and 3 available to you all on Schoolnet. I will average the grades to then replace your current grade. Test codes are as follows:
Unit 1 Test CodeKA2XU9WUnit 2 Test CodeNY9HU8BA7Unit 3 Test CodeVY8GE5HAPlease email me if you have decided to take advantage of this oppotunity.
While we are on this impromptu break, I encourage everyone to explore the cultural trends of the 1920s.
I challenge you to listen to popular Jazz music of that time, learn about the different artists, and discover their inspiration behind their passion. What does the music of the time say about how people were feeling?
Read poems by Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, T.S. Eliot and others along with the analysis/reviews of the poems to really understand the meaning behind the poetry and its connection with societal behaviors, economic trends, and government politics. Why did they write the poem and what links can you make to American society, economy, and policy?
Research ways people entertained themselves. Some of these activities may help you get through the quarantine.
What did the men and women wear? Something particularly interesting to explore is the reason behind the evolution of women fashion. What statement did fashion of that time make?
And lastly, how did the first World War impact this time period and the people in America?
Parents, Guardians, and Students:
I would first like to start off by saying I am extremely excited to have your child in my American History class this year. I am very passionate about history because I am a firm believer in the concept of knowing where you come from in order to determine where you are going. I am a James Kenan graduate, so getting the opportunity to return and teach here has been my greatest accomplishment thus far.
After graduating from James Kenan I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I studied Political Science and minored in Policy, Philosophy, and Economics. College, for me, was where my passion for history grew. I learned of events and historical figures that were not discussed in grade school. That alone frustrated me to know how sanitized history lessons were and I wanted to do something about it.
This year I hope to bring to my class those stories that are rarely told. I hope to expand your child’s knowledge of America’s history and start to draw connections to its present relevance. Not only do I hope to build on foundational knowledge, I hope to develop critical thinking skills that can be useful in whatever one decides to pursue.
I can not express to you how excited I am to get the year started. As the saying goes, It truly does take a village. I want you as well as your child to know I am here to get them to where they want to be and I will do whatever it takes. Support is so important to a child’s developmental growth, so with your help this year will be one filled with learning and success. I welcome you and your child once again to American History because we are in this together. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns because I truly do value your input.
Ms. Aleczina Holmes
James Kenan High School
American History 1 and 2